Terri j. Vaughn
Terri J. Vaughn has entertained us on television for more than ten years. First, she stole America’s heart with her lovable portrayal of Lovita Alizay Jenkins on “The Steve Harvey Show.” Vaughn confesses, “I loved playing a character that grew up in the ‘hood and who worked hard to be positive because it was very close to my own life.” After that, Vaughn made her way to UPN’s “All of Us.” With her fun, energetic and wise portrayal of Jonelle Abrams, she once again brought life and laughter to the small screen. Now she brings Renee, a sexy, sassy and hilarious nurse, to life on Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns. But, before Vaughn ever had her first audition, she was growing up in a housing project in Hunter’s Point in San Francisco. Today, this woman is hell-bent on creating positive, inspirational experiences for other young women growing up in the projects. Out of her desire to give back to her community, in 1997, Vaughn started Take Wings Foundation. “We motivate, uplift and inspire young girls, 13 to18 years old, growing up in at risk communities and foster care, in the San Francisco Bay Area, to be positive, productive and successful. It’s truly amazing to watch them soar.”
From her first professional job in a 20-city tour of “Tellin’ it Like it Tiz” to her first sitcom role on the hit show “Living Single,” to a memorable turn as a single mother wrongly accused of abusing her child on “ER,” this San Francisco native has proven herself to be a talent to be reckoned with. Vaughn has been honored with three Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on “The Steve Harvey Show,” and received a nomination for a 2005 BET Comedy Award for her work on “All of Us.” But this multi-faceted thespian doesn’t stop there; she was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on “Soulfood,” as Eva Holly, a lesbian, who shocked Showtime viewers by passionately kissing Byrd (Malinda Williams), during her multi-episode guest arc on the groundbreaking series.
About Terri J. Vaughn
Included on Vaughn’s resume is the Tyler Perry film “Daddy’s Little Girls,” where Vaughn gets to flex her acting chops as the bitchy Brenda, playing opposite Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba. She can also be seen in the independent dramedy, “Dirty Laundry,” starring opposite Rockmond Dunbar and Loretta Devine and “3 Can Play That Game,” where Vaughn is hilarious. Along with starring in other independent projects and conducting her Atlanta based acting school at The Green Room Actor's Lounge, Vaughn adds to her list of can-do’s, by producing and starring in the first film, under her and producing partner, Cas Siger’s production company, Nina Holiday Entertainment. “Angels Can’t Help But Laugh,” a documentary on black actresses and the climate of the business today. The piece has been uplifting and inspiring audiences in and out of the business. Nina Holiday Entertainment has also brought several projects to the small screen in 2012 for the GMC Television Network, including the acclaimed film “A Cross To Bear.” NHE is now in pre-production for their upcoming indie film, “Open,” and developing their first television series, “Sugar Momma’s.”
In 2011, Vaughn opened The Green Room Actor’s Lounge, a one of a kind specialty bookstore dedicated to theatrical arts, in the swanky Buckhead area in Atlanta, GA. “There is no other fully stocked Arts and Entertainment bookstore and lounge in Atlanta. My goal is to provide a lifestyle for Atlanta based talent where they feel a sense of camaraderie and support of the acting community that I fell in love with during my 17 years in Hollywood; as well as a haven for those out of town actors to unwind while filming in Atlanta. Actors are interesting creatures with creative needs. I plan to serve those needs and more at The Green Room.”
Always smiling, unless she’s crying tears of happiness, Vaughn’s a girl from humble beginnings who tells everyone to “take wings.” Her infectious positive
energy and altruistic spirit has enabled Terri J. Vaughn to soar right out of the projects and into the world of Hollywood and beyond.